Louisiana’s governor and US senators joined Vice President Mike Pence and key members of the coronavirus task force in a news conference Tuesday — but it quickly became clear they all have different priorities when it comes to reopening schools.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards told reporters state officials are still deciding whether public schools will be able to return to in-person instruction in the fall.
“Our plan is to open as many… as we can safely do,” Edwards said. “It’s not going to be easy, and not without controversy.”
But GOP Sen. John Kennedy expressed assurance that schools should have kids back in classrooms in the fall.
“Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, South Korea, Japan — even Vietnam, for God’s sake — have opened their schools, and they’ve done so safely,” Kennedy said. “And so can America, and so should America.”
After the governor said Louisiana would be looking to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help them make a decision on schools, Pence responded: “We don’t want CDC guidance to be a reason why people don’t reopen their schools … but we support Gov. John Bel Edwards and his health officials’ decisions, and we courage people to heed the guidance of state and local authorities.”